Carnival Nationz is sending “shockwaves of excitement” throughout the Toronto carnival community with the launching of “Oh Canada.”
Thousands showed up last Saturday at the mas’ camp at Dynamic Boulevard in Scarborough for the band launch where twelve sections were unveiled.
And mas’ fans had a chance to look at the various sections with names such as Her Majesty, Canadian Rockies, Oh Kanata, We Jamming Still 1967 to 2017, Aurora Borealis, Ojibwe , Horse Shoe Falls and Snow Angels.
A fired up Eustace said that “this is the first time that I’ve seen the band’s concept come to life in such a fantastic display of mas’ – costume after costume, section after section.”
“We have several new designers and they are bringing new elements to the band”.
Last year Carnival Nationz had 2850 mas’ players.
“This year we hope to close off at 3,000,” said Marcus.
” We really don’t want to go beyond that, though the response to the costumes have been very positive with lots of people from the United States and Europe calling and emailing us. They all want to get into the band.”
At the Trinidad carnival 2017, the costumes for both the king and queen of the bands were Eustace’s creations.
“I think Carnival Nationz is heading for another Band of the year victory in Toronto and don’t forget we have won king and queen of the bands in Toronto for the last six years.”
Eustace is concerned, however, about “contract delays.”
“Very disrespectful of the FMC. But what can we do? ”
The Caribbean Camera called the FMC to inquire about the contract delays but got no response.
The mas’ camp of Carnival Nationz officially opens this weekend.